GALION — When the Galion High School volleyball takes to the courts this season, they will be looking to further build on last year’s success, in which they finished with a record of 17-8 overall and 10-4 in conference play.
The Tigers are once again led by head coach and Galion alumni Jaime Valentine, who is starting season No. 8 as the varsity coach. Rounding out the coaching staff this season are Kristi Hardy and Bradlee Saterfield, also Galion High School graduates.
Galion does have some touch losses to replace.
The Tigers graduated Taylor Valentine (All-Ohio D3, District 6 first team, MOAC first team and Player of the Year) and Bradlee Saterfield (MOAC second team and District 6 first team).
Valentine is looking for strong performances this season from from Marisa Gwinner (MOAC second team, District 6 third team) and Ashley Flowers (MOAC honorable mention). Returning letterwinners also include Gabby Abouhassan, Chloe McCleese, Dusty Thomas, Callie Wildenthaler and Kasidee Sinclair.
Valentine said her team’s greatest strength this season will be “Our senior leadership and the experience that we have on the court. And we have been focusing on our team chemistry and understanding our best in-system and out-of-system offensive options to start the season.”
The Tigers begin their season at Bellevue on Aug. 23. Their first home match is Aug.25 against North Union.